What is your most memorable wedding?
One tipi wedding was just spot on, it's the second photo above! The people, the venue, the tipis, the friends with the campervan who gave us the keys, the stars. It all just came together perfectly.
But so many of our weddings are fondly remembered, there are plenty to choose from.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Timeless, efficient, down to earth, bright and warm.
What about your business are you most proud of?
The fact that we do so much behind the scenes that couples only appreciate after their wedding. It's the delight people have when they've spoken to their guests afterwards and have been told their wedding was so much fun because the photographers were friendly and unobtrusive. We also have the most amazing albums and we're really proud of our viewings afterwards which encourage couples to join in with their album design process. We do so much more than the average photographer to make the whole process a joy from start to finish.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Do not stick with tradition, if it's not your style. Do whatever you want, and don't try to please everyone. And 100% don't do something just because it's the done thing at weddings.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Books provided as favours at the wedding breakfast - each book specifically chosen to suit that guest. Also, wedding soundtracks as favours, so people can relive the day through music.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
At the heart of this way of working is our firm belief that you need two photographers to cover a wedding. You're not going to be laid back if you've got a single photographer running around trying to catch every important moment of the day. With two of us, everything can just go ahead without you having to make sure we're in the right place.
Even with our best efforts to go unnoticed at your wedding, we're still likely to be a big part of your day so we want to get to know you a bit beforehand. Firstly, you're welcomed into our studio for a drink and a chat about your day. This usually starts as a simple chat about how we work, but often escalates into a full conversation about how your wedding is planned to run, who you've got involved, and then new ideas get thrown about once you've seen a few albums. This is all part of making sure we get on with each other!
Next up is your engagement shoot. There is usually at least one person in the couple who dislikes/dreads/loathes having photos taken, so having to do it twice is not best received. But it's such a great opportunity to get all of that out of the way! You'll finish your engagement shoot feeling much more relaxed about the photography on your wedding day. Why waste the first half an hour of your wedding being wary of the camera? Get it out of the way on some random day beforehand!
Now, on to your big day. You've been at a wedding where the photographer has been a pain, right? Most people have. There are lots of people who can take great photos, but finding someone who can do that without alienating you and your guests is harder. Ask any of our previous couples, and check our reviews - sure most will say the photos are exactly what they hoped for, which we're also grateful for - but so many go on to say how guests have complimented them on their laid back photographers, and what a nice change it was from other weddings they've been to. That right there, the fact that guests comment on it, confirms to us just how important our way of shooting is. It's just as vital as the quality of the photography, in our minds.
Now with most photographers that is where the story ends, you get given a load of photos and are sent on your way. Rubbish. This is just the beginning! Whilst you're away enjoying your honeymoon, we put hour upon hour into picking and editing your photos - each photo you receive has had time carefully spent on it to make it the best it can be. We include the selection of photos that best tell your story, without giving you so many that your slideshow is slow and full of almost identical photos. Your slideshow, by the way, is set to music you choose and is the perfect way to show off your wedding to friends and family upon your return.
You're once again welcomed into the studio to view your slideshow on the big screen. Afterwards, we'll go through your album design. It's almost ready to go at this point, but we ask you to provide as much input as you like to make the design exactly how you want it to be. We'll also ask if you would like any Photoshop work doing on the photos that turn out to be your favourites. We've done all sorts of weird and wonderful edits over the years, and it's resulted in photos going from "yeah, I kind of like it" to "Yes! Front cover!".
So there you have it. Yes, we take photos, but we go so much further to make your experience enjoyable in every way we can.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
An evening portrait! It's really quick and looks completely different from the rest of your day. It also gives you a 3-minute breather from the party to spend with your new partner for life - admittedly with a couple of photographers stood nearby, but hey...
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
Some of the most unexpected photos have to be from the guys' preparations in the morning! We also did a first look photo of two brides in the windows of a 17th-century Chateau in France, each on a different floor. Took some planning!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
We always bring umbrellas with us, so if you're game so are we! We won't drag your guests outside though and travel with enough lighting equipment to make use of indoor spaces. There's always the option of moving some group photos to later in the day as well, as we stay until 21:30.
Describe how you got into photography.
Tom bought too much camera equipment and hated his office job, so started Fossca in 2010. It's grown a lot over the years, and we now have a large studio with offices near the centre of Hull. How times change! Photography is the perfect blend of technology and people skills. Love it!